San Francisco receiver A.J. Jenkins did not catch a pass in the 49ers’ second preseason game, meaning he still has just one catch in the preseason — the one he promptly fumbled. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is defending Jenkins’s performance.
“He did OK,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “It’s a step.”
Jenkins did have a 21-yard catch that was called back by a holding penalty, and although some have blamed Jenkins for a pass that Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith intercepted, Harbaugh said that was a bad pass by backup quarterback Colt McCoy.
“Smith’s a heck of a player,” Harbaugh said. “But on that route he got the interception, A.J. had a step on him. The throw should have been out in front, not back shoulder.”
As the 49ers’ 2012 first-round draft pick, Jenkins has been a major disappointment, failing to catch a pass in his rookie season and looking shaky this preseason. Jenkins may have been “OK,” but teams usually want more than just “OK” from a first-round pick.